German Head Gear

Well, few did it better than Germans when it came to head gear in terms of creating an iconic symbol of their fighting force. First, the Picklehaube spiked helmets of WW1 and then the traditional Stahlhelm or steel helmets that first were issued in 1916. The Steel helmets saw minor design changes through the end of WW2 and are classified by year of release (much like other german gear). M16, M17, M18, M34, M35, M36, M37, M38, M39, M40, and M42

The Germans also had a variety of Civilian or "Civic" helmets that to this day can be acquired for more reasonable prices in most cases.

There is no shortage of visors, field caps, mess caps or "overseas" caps for the collector to find on the market, although reproductions are rampant and the buyer should buy from reliable sources whenever possible.